Redditch has a rich industrial past, formerly the world’s biggest needle producer, and has convenient access to the City of Birmingham. The town has good entertainment with the Palace Theatre hosting shows including musical theatre, comedy, ballet, music and drama. You’ll find a nice choice of restaurants with a variety of menus for different tastes and budgets, and there’s also a good selection of pubs and bars.
For a shopping trip, the town has a good mix of independent retailers and high street stores, and includes the Kingfisher Shopping Centre with a large range of stores as well as eateries. For business conferences, the venues here include those at The Abbey Hotel and The Palace Theatre, and the nearest major airport is Birmingham Airport.
Redditch Car Hire
Wherever you are in Redditch, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Redditch car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
Why not visit some of the following places while you’re in and around Redditch:
Forge Mill Needle Museum
At this Museum you can learn all about the history of the huge needle making industry in the area, and is situated in a former scouring Mill which is the world’s only remaining scouring mill that was powered by water. You can see original Victorian machinery here, along with models and reconstructed settings depicting the making of needles in days gone by, and an interesting collection of exhibits relating to needles, including a number of needle cases.
Bordesley Abbey and Visitor Centre
Situated by close to the Needle Museum, you can see the excavation site of the ruins of Bordesley Abbey which was a Cistercian Abbey built in the 1100’s. The Abbey was previously a prominent clerical centre but was destroyed in Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries. In the Visitor Centre here you can see many artefacts that have been found at the site, and learn about the Abbey’s history and the lives of the monks that lived here.
The Transport Museum, Wythall
A short distance from Redditch, you can visit this Transport Museum with a large range of buses to see, along with battery electric vehicles, and includes bread vans and milk floats. The Museum has event days where visitors can have rides on the buses, along with a miniature steam railway.
Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park
Situated not far from Redditch, you can visit this Park to see a varied range of fascinating creatures, a number of which are endangered. Among the animals, birds and reptiles here are yellow breasted capuchin monkeys, slow loris, African crested porcupine, ocelot, red panda, rhea and green tree python, and you can also enjoy watching the feeding sessions of a number of the animals.
Arrow Valley Country Park
You can visit this lovely Country Park to enjoy open green space and an attractive lake where you can either just relax by the water’s edge enjoying the scenery, or take part in a number of water activities including sailing and pedal boating. You can also stroll around the park and take walks by the River Arrow and through the woodlands and meadows, and enjoy the nature and wildlife of the area which includes the wetlands.
Hanbury Hall and Gardens
Located a short distance from Redditch, you can come and see this country house built at the beginning of the 18th century. The interior of the house has many lovely features to see, including the beautiful paintings on the ceilings and walls in classical style by the staircase, which were painted by Sir James Thornhill. In the 18th century style gardens visitors can enjoy such features as the orangery, orchard and parterre, and in the parkland there are features such as an ice-house and brick kiln pond, as well as a children’s play area.
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